News Release 116

"The Shawnee: Lords of the Ohio Valley" at Van Meter State Park July 20

Volume 39-116 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to Van Meter State Park on Saturday, July 20 as Michael Dickey discusses “The Shawnee: Lords of the Ohio Valley.” Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. Dickey is the administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site and author of two books: “Arrow Rock: Crossroads of the Missouri Frontier” and “The People of the River’s Mouth: In Search of the Missouria Indians.”

The presentation will provide an overview of the history and culture of the Shawnee Indian nation, beginning with their first encounters of Europeans in the mid-1600s. The program explores the role of the Shawnee in the Indian wars of Kentucky and the Ohio valley. Two of their leaders, Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa “The Prophet” became household names after nearly forging an alliance with all of the Indian tribes from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. During the War of 1812, the Shawnee were present in Missouri and active in Saline County. The final dispersal and relocation of the Shawnee people to Indian Territory is also discussed.

Entrance to Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center is free and open to the public. From May 1 through September 31, Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The center is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall on Highway 122. For more information about the event, contact the park at 660-886-7537. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.